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Learn How to Teach with National Youth Leadership Training

Many tasks in your unit involve teaching others. Having excellent teachers makes learning easier and activities more fun! How do youth learn the EDGE method of teaching – Explaining, Demonstrating, Guiding and Enabling – to make sure the person learning knows how to use the skill effectively? It’s not fun to just listen to someone […]

Cub Scout Girl Early Adopter Information

CUB SCOUT GIRLS Cub Scout Girl dens will be permitted to officially sign-up for Scouting starting May 1st. Packs must meet the following criteria to participate in the Early Adoption program. Chartered Partners and unit leaders must first confirm interest and agree to use the family Pack model, and that they will: Be approved by […]

400 Attended the Catholic Annual Religious Awards Ceremony

The Catholic Committee on Scouting is proud of all the youth that worked on their Religious Emblems during this past year. We celebrated all of them with a Mass by Bishop Kevan Vann, with Fr. Mike Hanifin, Pastor of St Joachim’s and International Catholic Scouting Chaplain, and Deacon Nick Sherg. We bestowed: 37 Light of […]

Learn How to Communicate with National Youth Leadership Training

Learn How to Communicate with National Youth Leadership Training A key life skill is communicating well with Scouts, leaders and adults in general. Your youth unit leaders need to know how the get the attention of the crowd and keep it, making the delivery clear, interesting and fun! How will youth learn to make sure […]

2018 Insurance Fee Announcement

The Board of Directors of the Orange County Council took a difficult but necessary step for the Council to remain financially healthy and able to continue to deliver the extraordinary Scouting program we have come to expect.  This action at its core is designed to assist the Council to meet the needs of increasing operating […]

Eagle Scout Earns All 138 Merit Badges

Arman Kingsland Mengi, from Troop 543 in Orange, has accomplished more than most have during his 17 years of life. The new Eagle Scout has not only earned the 21 mandatory merit badges for Eagle, but earned an additional 117 merit badges. Mengi was able to earn every single merit badge available this year for […]

End of the Year Gift & Tax Planning Article #6: Giving Tuesday All Month Long

  Everyday is Giving Tuesday this month in support of Scouts! In case you missed your chance to participate in Giving Tuesday last week, and haven’t yet made your Friends of Scouting gift to support the program you have benefited from this year, it’s not too late. Everyday this December is Giving Tuesday in support […]

End of the Year Gift and Tax Planning Tip Article #5: The James E. West Society

You can ensure that OCBSA continues to provide many unique opportunities for our youth to develop important and useful life skills far into the future by investing in the Council’s James E. West Fellowship. In so doing, you create an endowed legacy of stewardship that develops leadership, outdoor, and emergency skills, and provides personal growth […]

OCBSA’s Wildly Important Goal

At the beginning of 2016, the Orange County Council embarked on a daring course – they turned over the setting of the yearly goals to the full-time staff. Over the course of the yearly planning conference, the staff selects the three Wildly Important Goals (WIG) they commit to meeting by the end of the year. […]

What do you do when the Dow is at 23,000?

Give the gift of appreciated stock as part of year-end tax and philanthropic planning. In recent weeks, the stock market has been climbing and reaching new levels never seen before. You might ask, “Why is the stock market so high?” and, “Is there a way in which this can help Scouting in Orange County?” Our […]

Help Yourself While Helping Boy Scouts

Did you know that you can make a gift to OCBSA that returns income to you? That’s right! Many of our Scouting donors are enjoying the benefit of a lifelong fixed income through our Gift Annuity program. In addition to the benefits listed below, you can have peace of mind not having to worry about […]

Young American Award Winner Goes on to World’s Premier Culinary School

     Andres began the Culinary Pathway his 8th Grade Summer in the Introduction to Baking Course offered at Los Amigos. He then proceeded to take the Culinary Arts, Baking and Event Catering Classes needed to complete the Hospitality Pathway! Still hungry for more Andy joined and later became President of both the Culinary Arts Club […]

Five Tips: End of the Year Giving

Most people make charitable gifts at the end of the year, and do so without much planning.  Your gift does make a difference in the lives of the Scouts and families served by OCBSA. This year you might consider how the following strategies might benefit you as you plan to support Scouting. Estimate your income […]

Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Update

12/19/2017 | 1:45pm It’s almost time! We are just two weeks away from reopening the  majority of camp on 1/2/18. It has been awfully lonely at the IROEC these last couple of months as we make repairs from the Canyon Fire 2. Thanks to each of you for your support! Here are a few updates […]

Clarification on Adult Registration Requirement Beginning with 2018 Boy Scout Camp Season

The following was sent from National Council Boy Scouts of America: The BSA’s new adult registration requirements — which mandate that all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and […]